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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing

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Commemorating over 300,000 deaths during the 1937 Japanese capture of the then Chinese capital, The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre stands on a former execution and mass burial site. Two marble walls with names of 300,000 victims, halls with photographs of executions, and documents detailing the capture of Nanjing tell the gruesome story of the Japanese Imperial Army's occupation of China. Enter a coffin-shaped display hall to see a mass burial site excavated with numerous bones of victims, and visit a reconstruction of a house ransacked by soldiers. Solemn bronze sculptures and grey stone architecture punctuate gardens with pine and cypress trees. Walk around the 28,000 sq m (302,400 sq ft) grounds, and ring the large bronze bell for peace. Using our world travel planner, Nanjing attractions like The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The massacre memorial takes a modern design, housing important historical information in a poignant establishment. Statues depicting the suffering of victims are built on the walkway leading to the en...  more »
  • The place is not for the faint of heart, especially if you read about the events that took place here a few decades ago
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  • This is Hall of Fame worthy. Lots of local Chinese people! In Japanese, so I visited in silence. I think there are various theories, but Japanese's slaughter to ensure dream...
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  • Read a couple of books about it before going to the museum. I thought they managed to capture the timeline and horror well. My friends with no previous knowledge seems to have understood it fairly well after the visit, which is what most museums should succeed in.
  • Never been to a museum with so much hatred and blame. Rather than being a memorial site, it only fuels hatred towards the japanese. Rather narrow passageways given the amount visitors. The exit is pretty far from entrance and the metro.
  • No doubt the massacre was a fact, but the information presented inside the museum was one-sided.
  • Detailed museum and memorial to the victims of the Nanjing Museum. Take a tour with a grain of salt as there is a slight bias in the information and analysis presented
  • Be aware that here is presented only one side of the story. It feels factual enough though. I hope it's not just pure propaganda. Just bear in mind that you won't read about the other side of the story. The museum is well done, my girlfriend and I a few hours, and couldn't finish it before it closed.